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A whole new dimension to lazy journalism

The Swedish book reviewer who savaged a book that had not been written, although it had been trailed in a publisher's catalogue, because he did not approve of the author's previous work. He reckoned that 'Fruktans Makt's' (The Power of Fear) "plot was "predictable" and said the characterisations were one-dimensional".

I have pondered in the past how much attention is truly paid to the books up for the Booker. Consider this: "The longlist of 19 books was chosen from 112 entries; 95 were submitted for the prize and 17 were called in by the panel of judges". Hmm.

And I wonder quite how many MPs really read all the legislation they vote for, given that Ken Clarke famously admitted he had not read the Maastricht Treaty, and shock horror, Blair does not read the petitions to Number 10.
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Anonymous peter hitchens said... 1:17 pm

WTF is it with you and swedes C?  



Blogger Croydonian said... 1:31 pm

They are blessed with an English language paper that turns up stories that amuse, mainly.  



Anonymous Anonymous said... 7:44 pm

I still want to see Tony Blair stand on his head and juggle ice cream.  



Blogger Newmania said... 8:42 pm

The Newmania guide to becoming a famous reviewer is as follows
“ Take that quality for which the author is chiefly known and accuse him of not having enough it “


For example .

What a shame it is that DH Lawrence doesn’t plunge into the well of sexual possibility his plot uncovers . He sits like a shivering boy on the shore to the great detriment of his work

Or

Must Mr.Dickens skim so quickly past his characters , one scarcely is aware of them before the plot thunders on a breakneck speed. A little more time spent on quirky detail and he may achieve much


Or

There is a great want of Swedish tittle tattle in the commendably scholarly Croydonian . Again and again he misses an opportunity for snide parody such is his mothy attraction to the flame of big picture politics. What pray is wrong with a sly snicker , it can be deadly .?



No copying though and no claiming other peoples ideas as your own!!  



Blogger Croydonian said... 9:13 pm

Quite outstanding Mr N. I can feel a competition, or at the very least a post, coming on.  



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